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Smith extends her lifestyle expertise as the owner of three successful B. Smith restaurants. Recognized by Elle Décor as one of America’s ten most outstanding non-professional chefs, she opened her first restaurant in 1986; her longtime establishments currently include those on Restaurant Row in New York; in the historic Beaux-Arts Union Station in Washington, D.C.; and the scenic Long Island Hampton village of Sag Harbor.
Smith’s flair for décor, demonstrated in the ambiance of her restaurants, led to the development of her first home collection, which debuted at Bed Bath & Beyond in Spring 2001. The B. Smith with Style Home Collection is the first line from an African-American woman to be sold at the retailer and includes bedding (duvet and comforter sets, coverlets, quilts, coordinated sheets, decorative pillows, window treatments) as well as tabletop, bath ensembles and area rugs, doormats, wall art, candles, bathroom furniture, door mats, and paper products.
What I really admire and continues to push me is how B. Smith continues to expand her enterprise and how it relates to her interests. Her story pushes me because she does not allow normal conventions to define her or her sense of style. I actually use to purchase her B.Smith magazine and was very disappointed when it was no longer available in my area. I also watched her show (when I had cable) and to me I felt she reached out to an audience (me) that the normal design shows don't really look for. So there you have inspiration number two B. Smith.